Reagan: The American President

american history book presidential & political history Oct 29, 2020

The definitive biography of Ronald Reagan, featuring never-before-seen documents and sources from the Reagan Presidential Library.

In Reagan, New York Times #1 bestseller Larry Schweikart examines Reagan’s life through the lens of a conservative scholar who understands Reagan’s goals, intentions, and motivations. Through exclusively obtained administration documents, Schweikart reveals Reagan’s never-before seen initiative to create a North American energy zone—the forerunner to NAFTA—his role in crafting the Simpson-Mazzoli Act years before it passed, and the internal battles in his administration to press his economic recovery act through.

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With an absolute minimum loss of human life, Reagan’s strategies defeated the most powerful and dangerous empire the world had ever seen, simultaneously reviving a struggling American economy. Throughout it all, he infused the entire nation with his unique vision of American exceptionalism and optimism. Reagan formed and displayed many of his talents at a young age, and had remarkable personal experience like no other president, past or present. He actually saved swimmers as a lifeguard; led a student protest at Eureka College; headed a labor union (the only American president to do so) and educated himself across a wide spectrum of issues with an intellectual grasp usually ascribed to far more cerebral politicians.

Reagan’s faults are not ignored: government grew under his watch, America lost Marines in a foolish peacekeeping mission in Lebanon, and subordinates nearly enmeshed him in an impeachable offense in the Iran-Contra scandal. But each weakness either was offset by a greater success or produced in Reagan a critical change that left him, in the case of Muslim extremism, the first president ever to fully grasp the new nature of Islamic terror.

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